Hi, I'm new. I just got chicks a couple weeks ago (they are 3 weeks and growing like weeds). I'm in an HOA in east Mesa (near University and Signal Butte). I have great neighbors. But I'm afraid to tell them because our next door neighbor was the president of the HOA (and said he's going to return to the board next year), the neighbor a door down are also our friends, but the wife is on the board. And our neighbors on our other side are very quiet (but friendly when we see them) and mainly keep to themselves. I had originally planned a "covert coop". We are on a corner lot and where I put the coop, it's in a back corner of the house between the back of the garage and the house. On that side of the yard, there is a wash in between us and the neighbors. So no one can see the coop there from their home (you'd literally have to peek over our 6 ft block walls to see it. I thought this was a pretty stellar plan. I know our HOA specifically prohibits chickens. But I only have two and I'm trying to do it on the down low. I don't know what to do though because I just watched some videos on youtube and the chickens were a lot noisier than what I was expecting! SO I'M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT! I'm already attached to Rosco and Boss Hogg (hopefully and presumably both female Red Comets). Have those of you who are in HOA's had issues? How have you handled them? Have you had any problems with the HOA or management company? I doubt my neighbors would be against two chickens, and we're on good terms. And I'd love to share my excitement and future eggs with them. But I'm scared that if I tell them, they'll notify the rest of the HOA and/or the management company. Eeeek! Then again, I've also thought about petitioning to have our CC&R's revised, but who knows how that might turn out, and then you've announced to the world that you have chickens, so if you get denied, you're done. I just don't know what to do, and I'm worried that once my chicks become hens, that I won't be able to keep them a secret. ETA: I looked up the exact text of our CC&R's. And actually, I guess it doesn't specifically prohibit chickens. It just says they have to be pets and not kept for commercial purposes. And that you can't be able to see their dwelling. Hmmm... maybe that makes a conversation with the neighbors a bit easier. Here's the text: No animal, horse, bird, poultry or livestock, other than a reasonable number of generally recognized house or yard pets, shall be maintained on any Lot and no animal of any sort shall be kept on a Lot before a certificate of occupancy is issued by the City of Mesa for the Dwelling Unit. This prohibition includes, without limitation, guard dogs or any other animal maintained, kept or housed on a Lot for security or to prevent theft during the course of construction. An animal is permissible only if they are kept or raised thereon solely as domestic pets and not for commercial purposes. No animal, bird, poultry or livestock shall be allowed to make an unreasonable amount of noise or to become a nuisance. No structure for the care, housing or confinement of any animal, bird, poultry or livestock shall be maintained so as to be Visible FromNeighboring Property. Upon the written request of any Member or Resident, the Board shall conclusively determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, whether, for the purposes of this paragraph, a particular animal, bird, poultry or livestock is a generally recognized house or yard pet, whether such a pet is a nuisance, or whether the number of animals or birds on any such property is reasonable. Any decision rendered by the Board shall be enforceable in the same manner as other restrictions contained herein.